First Impression: My Hero Academia S6

The episode opens with a brief recap of the previous season, but after that, we hit the ground running! Hawks, still working undercover, has a fun little conversation with Twice about creating a credo for the Paranormal Liberation Front. Both acknowledge to themselves the respect they’re forming for each other. Meanwhile, Re-Destro is giving his troops an inspirational speech. Personally, I’d have opened with a joke, but promising to rock civilization works too. The villain side has a lot of moving and contrasting pieces. The PLF has its goals. Shigaraki and his group have their own plans to use them and turn on them.  And of course, Hawks is still working against all of them. Meanwhile, the heroes are putting together a strategy themselves. Edgeshot will be leading a team to battle against the PLF including some of our student heroes. Kirishima, Tokoyami, Komori, and Honenuku, being long-range fighters, are at the front line, a fact that makes Komori very nervous. But we get a very sweet moment with Midnight taking the time to comfort her. We get a brief scene with Deku, Bakugo and the rest (the Professor and Mary Ann?) but we don’t see much of them in this episode. The other team on this mission is led by Endeavor attempting to capture Dr. Garaki who has been assisting All For One for years. It actually seems like a pretty easy process and they get him quickly, only to discover that he was a Twice clone before a new chimera like nomu appears.  Mirko separately manages to get past a few nomus herself before finding the actual Garaki and a still incubating Shigaraki. I’m sure his hatching will be a beautiful sight.

I’m already a huge My Hero Academia anime fan and manga reader so I was very excited for the start of the new season. In the previous seasons, they would open with a little recap episode to get you caught up, so the fact that this one doesn’t follow that pattern is unusual, but very welcome. It really felt like a lot happened in these short 24 minutes. I like how the show didn’t waste any time getting to the action, drawing us right back into the story. I do wish we could’ve gotten a little more of Deku, Bakugo and the others after not seeing them for so long, but I’m pumped for what’s to come. It’s going to be an exciting season of superhero anime action!

My Hero Academia S6 is streaming on Crunchyroll.

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